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Extensive Deforestation on the Banks of Sambo Creek
Deforestación extensiva en los bancos del río Sambo Creek, octubre de 2017

Update, Dec, 2019: the deforestation of the banks of Sambo Creek in Atlántida province, Honduras, has progressed to the point where the run off now goes too rapidly to be absorbed into the ground water, so the rivers overflow and flood, then do not deliver any water. There is deforestation along the banks and also higher up in the catchment basin on properties acquired semi legally and through squatting.

Actualización, diciembre de 2019: la deforestación de las orillas de Sambo Creek en la provincia de Atlántida, Honduras, ha progresado hasta el punto en que la escorrentía ahora es demasiado rápida para ser absorbida en la tierra y en las aguas subterráneas, por lo que los ríos se desbordan e inundan, luego lo hacen no llevan agua. Hay deforestación a lo largo de los bancos y también más arriba en la cuenca de captación en propiedades adquiridas semi legalmente y a través de la ocupación ilegal.

Desde Radiocomunitario Sugua en Oct, 2017:

Oct, 2017: Part of the deforestation by parties unknown outside the village of Sambo Creek. Let's wake up my people, otherwise we'll run out of water. To be able to do this, they sent gangsters to kill Omar "Babakle" Suazo last May. He is still a prisoner. The deforestation started the same morning they tried to kill him and is now extensive.

Oct, 2017: Parte de la deforestación que realizan personas ajenas al pueblo de Sambo Creek. Despertemos mi gente si no, nos quedaremos sin agua. Para lograr esto, mandaron a los sicarios para acabar con Omar "Babakle" Suazo el mayo pasado. Todavía está preso. La deforestacion empezó la mañana misma en que intentaron asesinarlo y es extensiva ahora.

 

Articles/Artículosarriba

Garífunas de Sambo Creek protestan contra construcción de represa  1/28/2018 La Tribuna: "Desde la madrugada de hoy los garífunas están parados frente a la Serna para exigir que detengan esa construcción que provocará una erosión costera. Recordaron que desde hace diez años están protestando por esa construcción a la cual le han cambiado cinco veces el nombre, pero el objetivo es el mismo, desforestar. Unos 8 mil habitantes de la zona se benefician del agua lo que ocasionaría problemas a fututo, debido a la desforestación."

Illegal deforestation of the banks of Sambo Creek - Deforestación ilegal de las orillas del Río Cuyamel  5/21/2017 GarifunaWeb: "The deforestation along the banks of the Cuyamel river, where the Honduran government wants to dam, started the very morning Omar Suazo was arrested. They were ready to go, they knew from previous events that Omar Suazo would prevent them from proceeding were he a free man. La deforestación a lo largo de las riberas del río Cuyamel, donde el gobierno hondureño quiere construir una presa, empezó la misma mañana que Omar Suazo fue arrestado. Estaban listos para ir, sabían de acontecimientos previos que Omar Suazo les impediría proceder si era un hombre libre."

Cocaine: the new face of deforestation in Central America  3/11/2014 Monga Bay: "Finally, profits from drug trafficking cannot be declared as income and thus must be laundered. Drug cartels often get around this by purchasing remote land and clearing it, allowing them to convert drug-money into legalized private property without leaving a trail. Large ranches or narco-estates formed by deforestation, often masquerade under the fronts of agriculture and oil palm plantations. Land titles are falsified, government officials bribed, and ultimately, such land becomes legalized when unsuspecting legitimate corporations purchase it from “locals” as an agricultural investment."

Narco-Deforestation: Linking Drug Policy and Forest Conservation  2/6/2014 Our World: "A new article published in the journal Science, co-authored by United Nations University researcher Dr. David Wrathall, provides compelling evidence that flows of drugs through the Americas are directly related to deforestation rates in North America’s most biodiverse and biosensitive region. The article, “Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation” is the result of collaboration between researchers at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and four US universities: The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Denver and the University of Idaho."

Drug Trafficking Spurring Deforestation Throughout Central America, Study Finds  2/5/2014 Huff Post: "Before the drug trade arrived, deforestation in Honduras was occurring at about 20 square kilometers per year, she told the BBC. “Under the narco-effect, we see over 60 square kilometers per year. In some parts of Guatemala, the rates are even higher. We’re talking up to 10 percent deforestation rates, which is just staggering.”

Colombia: violence and deforestation in the Choco region  11/1/1999 World Rain Forest: "The Pacific Region of the country, known for its abundance of natural resources and cultural richness, as well as for the constant process of depredation that it has suffered since colonial times (see WRM Bulletin 27 ) is victim of this type of activities. The Forcibly Displaced Afro-Colombian Communities of the Cacarica Basin of the Choco, provisionally settled in Turbo, Bocas del Atrato and Bahia Cupica have denounced the illegal and indiscriminate deforestation of their lands by the YIREH cooperative. This company is apparently operating in connection with the logging corporation Darien Woods Company (Maderas de El Darien)."

Links/Enlaces

Omar "Babakle" Suazo: presidente del patronato de Sambo Creek, tentativo de asesinato, arresto, 5/8/2017

Illegal deforestation of dam area the morning of Suazo's arrest, 5/21/17

Deforestación ilegal del lugar de la represa, iniciada la mañana del arrestode Omar Suazo, 21/5/2017

www.hondurasnatural.es/deforestacion-en-honduras/


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